Premier League Preview: Stoke City vs. Swansea City

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  • Stoke unbeaten in four
  • Swansea no wins since opening day
  • Bradley has 1 points in first 2 games
  • Stoke unbeaten vs. Swans at home (3W, 2D) 

Stoke City host Swansea City at the bet365 Stadium on Monday (Watch live, 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a Halloween special.

Mark Hughes‘ Stoke have won their last two-straight games and are unbeaten in four, while Bob Bradley has only had two games in charge of Swansea but is still searching for his first win as a Premier League manager.

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Historically, Stoke love hosting Swansea. They’ve won three of the five Premier League games in the Potteries and have drawn the other two. With Xherdan Shaqiri in fine form after scoring two sublime goals in the 2-0 win at Hull City last weekend, Stoke will look to the Swiss winger, Marko Arnautovic and red-hot Joe Allen to support former Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.

For the Swans, Bradley will again hope Gylfi Sigurdsson and Modou Barrow can carry the offensive threat as he aims to continue improving the Swans defensively.

In team news U.S. international Geoff Cameron could be struggling after picking up an injury late in the win at Hull, while Phil Bardsley may also miss the game due to a family bereavement. Swansea have both Jefferson Montero and Fernando Llorente available for selection.

What they’re saying

Mark Hughes on the importance of USMNT’s Geoff Cameron: “I think the thing with Geoff is that sometimes you can underestimate the effect he can have on games in terms of his ability to get around the pitch and effect things and break things up. He can do that to good effect clearly when he’s playing in more defensive positions like full-back or centre-half but I think we underestimate his value to the team sometimes. Sometimes because of his versatility that he’s got that you don’t appreciate him in any given position. I think defensive midfield or central midfield is something he’s more than able to deal with and the impact he’s had has clearly helped us as a team, alongside Glenn. I think that solidity has helped the guys at the back as well.”

Bob Bradley on cold, windy, Stoke: “Yes, I am familiar with that expression. It’s Halloween too. First to the famous line, I think you still go there expecting that it might be cold, might be windy – I don’t think those things have changed. But at the same time, Mark Hughes’ teams still have a definite way of going about it so, football-wise, they have some talented players and a sense, with their system, how guys move, how they find chances. So for us, you have to go understanding it might be cold and windy but still be ready for the football challenges this Stoke team puts at you.”

Prediction

This won’t be easy for Stoke but the Potters are on a bit of a roll and I expect them to just edge by a workmanlike Swansea outfit. 2-1 to the Potters.